Biden heads to Central Florida as Democrats highlight Trump’s COVID-19 response

Biden heads to central Florida as Democrats highlight Trump’s COVID response

KISSIMMEE, Fla — In a pair of virtual events on Monday, Democrats made the case that president trump has mismanaged the nation’s response to COVID-19, saying the impacts of the virus are being felt most severely among Black and Latino communities.

On Tuesday, Joe Biden will head to Kissimmee for a Hispanic Heritage Month event. Recent polling of Florida shows Joe Biden with a slim lead, within the margin of error, while also showing top concern for voters remains COVID-19. Polls also show Biden with strong support in Florida’s Latino communities, but lagging behind where Hillary Clinton was when she lost the state in 2016.

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“As of today we have lost nearly 2,000 of our fellow Central Floridians to this deadly disease,” said Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL 09). “It did not have to be this way, President Trump downplayed the threat for months saying it would just disappear.”

Democrats have been highlighting comments made by President Trump to reporter Bob Woodward saying he knew in February how deadly COVID-19 was, but that he wanted to “play down” the virus.

“We could have treated this differently,” said Orange County Commissioner Mayra Uribe. “We’re chasing this virus and sadly to hear that the president knew, the president knew how it was, the president what was coming along, it is unacceptable.”

While unemployment in the US has fallen to 8.4% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment for Latinos in the US is at 10.5% and unemployment for Blacks is at 13%.

“We are looking at 11 million jobs that have been lost,” said Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris in a call with union members of Unite Here targeting voters in Arizona, Nevada, and Florida.

On Monday, the union, which represents more than 300,000 workers gave its endorsement to the Biden/Harris ticket.

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